After some controversy in its school district the Ashland community is working with state education officials to find a new schools superintendent for its Southern Boone School District. The Missouri School Board Association hosted a forum at the high school Wednesday night to discuss the search a new superintendent.
About 13 community members, some of them also school board members, showed up last night to offer input on the qualities required for the next Southern Boone superintendent.
A central Missouri judge will allow media to have cameras, audio and video recording during court appearances by the former head of an artificial sweetener company now facing charges of theft and securities fraud.
Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million in industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant. Construction stalled after a bond payment was missed. Authorities accuse Cole of using bond revenues for personal purposes and misleading investors.
Former director of the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management and Joint Communications Zim Schwartze has been selected as Springfield's new 911 director. Cora Scott, the Springfield city spokesperson, says Schwartze’s experience and background in Columbia will be extremely beneficial to the emergency team in Springfield.
In recent months, a fairly severe drought and a slowly recovering economy have thrown food businesses for a loop.
Coming up we’ll listen in on a conversation Abbie Fentress Swanson had with President Barack Obama’s top agriculture guy about the looming dip in corn exports. But first, some businesses have been able to weather the storm better than others. Jennifer Davidson has this report about one successful shop in West Plains.
Now, things aren’t so peachy for everyone in the food industry. Clearly.
On East Main Street in West Plains, Mo., a stone’s throw away from the quaint town square, Meadowbrook Natural Foods sits sandwiched between an insurance agency and a title company. When you step inside, the aroma of spices, herbs, and vitamins hits you.
This store is owned and run by Joe and Adele Voss, who met later in life as random partners at a square dancing lesson.
“We’ve got baking items and snack items and pastas and grains and flours and cereals and nuts and dried fruits and beans and spices and herbs...” says Adele Voss.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade,” which was published on Nov. 29, forecasts American farm exports increasing and predicts they will come in at $145 billion in 2013. That's a 50 percent increase from 2009.
Such a high export number gave me pause, since the USDA is also predicting that in the coming year U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low because of a domestic corn shortfall caused by the drought.